13 April, 16

BEE- Attracting Plant List.

The following list shows bloom periods for BEE-attracting plants. Try to have something blooming from late winter through late fall to encourage all the native pollinators as well as the honey bees. When selecting plants for your Bee Landscape, know that some species need more sun or moisture than others. Know your conditions and visit Ward’s Nursery with an outline of what you need. These plants are available at Ward’s usually right before and during their bloom time.Click here for a printable PDF file.

BLOOM TIME for HARDY TREES and SHRUBS (MOSTLY NATIVE):

LATE WINTER – EARLY SPRING

SPRING

    • Amelanchier canadensis – Serviceberry
    • Aronia melanocarpa – Black Chokeberry
    • Cephalanthus occidentalis – Buttonbush
    • Lindera benzoin – Spicebush
    • Liriodendron tulipifera – Tulip tree
    • Malus ‘Golden Raindrops’ – Golden Raindrops crabapples
    • Malus ‘Snowdrift’ – crabapple with good fall color, too.
    • Vaccinum corymbosum –Highbush Blueberry
    • Fruit-bearing trees like, apples, cherries, peaches and pears
Peach Blossom home 200x

Peach blossoms

LATE SPRING – SUMMER

  • Clethra alnifolia—Summersweet
  • Cornus amomum –Silky Dogwood
  • Cornus racemosa — Gray Dogwood
  • Cornus sericea – Red-twig Dogwood
  • Ilex glabra – Inkberry
  • Ilex verticillata– Winterberry
  • Kalmia latifolia – Mountain Laurel
  • Lonicera sempervirens– Honeysuckle (vine)
  • Oxydendrum arboreum – Sourwood
  • Physocarpus opulifolius – Ninebark
  • Rosa palustris — Swamp Rose
  • Rhododendron viscosum — Swamp Azalea
  • Rubus odoratus — Purple-Flowering Raspberry
  • Rhus aromatica – Fragrant Sumac
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Mountain Laurel appreciates some light shade.

FALL

Bloom Times for PERENNIALS and EASY ANNUALS

LATE WINTER – EARLY SPRING (best planted in fall before ground freezes)

SPRING

  • Aurinia saxitalis — Basket-of-Gold
  • Ajugas
  • Doronicum- Leopard’s Bane
  • Polemonium caeruleum – Jacob’s Ladder
  • Dicentra – Bleeding Heart
  • Dandelions!!
  • Papaver orientale – Oriental Poppy
Variegated Jacob's Ladder

Variegated Jacob’s Ladder

EARLY to MID SUMMER

LATE SUMMER

AUTUMN

ALMOST ANYTIME

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